(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. troops, soldiers, [military] force; host, crowd, throng. See combatant, multitude.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. military, regimental, combat, land, air, ground, commando, veteran, guerrilla, fighting, militant, belligerent, martial, regimented, under arms, in the army, under orders, drafted, volunteered, in service, serving one's country; see also military .
1. [Military land forces]
Syn. armed force, standing army, regulars, soldiery, soldiers, troops, men, cavalry, force de frappe (French), infantry, artillery, land forces, reserves, militia, the military; see also air force , artillery 2 , infantry .
2. [A unit of an army, sense 1]
Syn. division, regiment, air mobile division, armored division, airborne division, infantry division, regiment, battalion, company, battery, corps, brigade, flight, wing, amphibious force, task force, detail, detachment, squad, troop, platoon, blocking force, patrol, unit, command, formation, point, squadron, maniple, cohort, decury, column, legion, platoon, outfit.
3. [Any large group]
Syn. host, throng, multitude; see crowd 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. horde legion, mass, multitude, throng, swarm.
2. armed forces troops, infantry, soldiers, division, battalion, ground forces. ''A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.''—Josephus Daniels.
absent without leave: AWOL
bursts from antiaircraft guns: flak
clandestine movement: ratline
collective term for ammo, guns, explosives: ordnance
combat fatigue: shell shock
discharge for physical or mental problem: section eight
drab camp uniform: fatigues
eating facility: mess
emergency call-up troops: reserves
enemy ground to be won: bridgehead
enemy role during NATO exercise: orange forces
finishing off defeated enemy: mopping up
form up and come to attention: fall in
fortification, small, of concrete or sandbags: pillbox
friendly role during NATO exercise: blue forces
hiding material: camouflage
i.d. piece on chain: dogtag
infantryman, slang: grunt
items: materiel
jeep: hum-vee
kilometer, slang: click
largest unit: army group
liberty that ends at midnight: Cinderella liberty
lowest grade soldier: buck private
medal for wounds received: Purple Heart
mess hall duty: K.P. (kitchen police)
military store: PX, post exchange
missing in action: MIA
movement of troops: deployment multilanguage message to return captured
soldier, with reward: blood chit
negotiator sent behind enemy lines: parlimentaire
passing safely through minefield: breaching
phonetic alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, Xray, Yankee, Zulu.
ranks, in ascending order: (enlisted men) Private E-1, Private E-2, Private FirstClass E-3; (noncommissioned officers) Corporal E-4, Sergeant E-5, Staff Sergeant E-6, Platoon Sergeant E-7, Master Sergeant E-8, First Sergeant E-8, Sergeant Major E-9, Command Major Sergeant E-9, Sergeant Major of the Army E-9; (warrant officers) Warrant Officer, grade one; Chief Warrant Officer, grade two; Chief Warrant Officer, grade three; Chief Warrant Officer, grade four; (commissioned officers) Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier General, Major General, Lieutenant General, Four Star General, Five Star General of the Army
recruit training facility: boot camp
request for fire: call for fire, all available
shelter, lodging: billet, barracks
shield from enemy: defilade
shore foothold: beachhead
simultaneous fire at target from multiple guns: salvo
subdivision of a unit: echelon
sweeping line of gunfire: enfilade
tank, armored group: armored division
temporary ammo storage: munitions dump
trial for crime: court-martial
unit separated from larger group: detachment
units, in ascending order of size: unit (at least two soldiers), squad (10), platoon (4 squads), company (2 platoons), battalion (2 companies), group (2 battalions), brigade (2 groups), division (3 brigades), corps (2 divisions), field army (2 corps)
vulnerable troops at high risk: cannon fodder
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A very large number of things grouped together: cloud, crowd, drove, flock, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, ruck1, score (used in plural), swarm, throng. See BIG, GROUP.

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